‘Allahu Akbar!’ is NOT the Same as Christians Saying ‘Thank God’

It wasn’t too long ago that John McCain referred to Senator Rand Paul, Senator Ted Cruz, and Rep. Justin Amash (all Republicans) as “wacko birds.” He later apologized.

Do you want to hear something really “wacko”?

Sen. McCain accused Fox News host Brian Kilmeade of being Islamaphobic because he said that Syrian opposition groups were shouting “Allahu Akhbar! Allahu Akhbar!” as rockets hit government offices.

“I have a problem helping those people screaming that after a hit,” Kilmeade said. McCain responded: “Would you have a problem with an American or Christians saying ‘thank God? Thank God?’” He added, “That’s what they’re saying. Come on! Of course they’re Muslims, but they’re moderates and I guarantee you they are moderates.”

What’s a “moderate Muslim,” and how do we know that these particular Muslims are “moderates”? Where are all these “moderate Muslims” when Muslims kill other Muslims they don’t agree with? Where are they when Christian churches are burned to the ground and women are raped? Additionally, how many times have we heard of Muslim radicals shout Allahu Akhbar as they went on a killing rampage?

The problem isn’t so much shouting “Allahu Akbar,” it’s what these so-called moderate Muslims do while they are shouting. I would like Sen. McCain to cite comparable examples of Christians who say “Thank God” or “Praise God.”

According to eyewitnesses, U.S. Army major and psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan who fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 others at Fort Hood, had taken a seat at an empty table and bowed his head for several seconds when he suddenly stood up, shouted “Allahu Akbar!” and opened fire killing 13 and wounding 30.

Then there’s this story:

“A machete-wielding attacker and his gun-toting sidekick killed a man in the streets of London . . ., and police are regarding the pair – whom they subsequently shot – as potential terrorists.

“The prime minister called the incident ‘truly shocking,’ and said police are investigating it as a terrorist attack, BBC reported. Witnesses say they saw a man walking down Woolwich Street, when he was attacked by two individuals. They also said they heard at least one of the attackers scream ‘Allahu Akbar,’ meaning God is great, during the course of the attack, BBC reported.”

More recently there’s a video showing Egyptian Muslims (moderates?) screaming “Allahu akbar” as they attack a Coptic church and pull down its cross. “Coptic Christians say dozens of their churches have been attacked by members and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood following the ousting of Morsi on July 3 [2013].”

A story reported today: “Five individuals have been executed by Islamists after declaring themselves followers of Jesus Christ outside of the Nigerian city of Jos last week.”

A video circulating on Arabic-language websites shows a crowd of Muslims in Egypt assaulting and raping two Christian women on a crowded street.

“The video opens with Muslim men repeatedly shouting the word ‘Nasara’ — the Koran’s derogatory appellation for ‘Christians’ —as they identify two Coptic women who proceed to scream and run, only to be knocked to the ground by several Muslim men who savagely attack them, strip their clothing, and try to gang rape them.

“Throughout, the women scream in terror while the men shout ‘Allahu Akbar,’ that is, ‘Allah is Great,’ as well as chant the shehada, or Islamic profession of faith: la ilaha illa Allah (“There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the prophet of Allah”). None of the many passersby intervene in any way.

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Certainly not every person who says “Allahu Akbar” is a terrorist, but there are too many of these “Allahu Akbar” terrorist stories for anyone to compare it to Christians saying “Praise God!”

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